Obituaries for Thursday, April 21

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 21, 2005

Robert Lee Sanders

Robert Lee Sanders, 62, of Selma, died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at a local nursing home.

Services will be held at 12 noon Saturday April 23, 2005, at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. John L. Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Lewis Brothers Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie Sue Rivers of Youngstown, Ohio; one brother, Nathaniell (Janie) Sanders of Sardis; one nephew, Glenn (Theresa) Hatcher of Selma; one niece, Denise Hatcher of Sardis; one great-nephew, Arthur Lee Hardy Jr. of Sardis; three great-nieces, Glenda Sherell Hatcher of Tuscaloosa, Krystal Jamell Hardy of South Bend, Ind., and Tauja Ingram (O’Neal) and family of Birmingham; one great-great-nephew, Jayden Vendale Hatcher of Tuscaloosa; four anuts, Fannie Robinson of Uniontown, Bessie (Rev. Charlie) Mitchell of Orrville and Mattie and Susie Flowers of Uniontown; four uncles, Rev. Charlie Mitchell of Orrville; Earnest Flowers of Uniontown and Eddie and Mose Butler of Boston, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ola Lee Davis.

Active pallbearers will be family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers are family and friends.

Laura Jean Griffith Howington

Laura Jean Griffith Howington, died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at a nursing home Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Mrs. Howington was born in Eclectic, Alabama, December 18, 1915.

Her parents were Janie T. Griffith and Lee Griffith. She graduated from Elmore County High School in Eclectic in 1933.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Alabama in 1938 and taught for a number of years in the public schools of Alabama,

in Deatsville and at Sewell Memorial Junior High near Titus.

On December 24, 1939, she married Arthur Fletcher Howington Jr., a Methodist minister.

They were married almost sixty years and served Methodist congregations in Dallas, Georgia, and in the Alabama communities of Titus, Pineapple, Selma, York, Monroeville, Mobile, Wetumpka, Tallassee, Geneva, Monroeville, Montgomery, the Troy District, and the Blue Lake Assembly.

In 1986, when the Reverend Howington retired, Mrs. Howington and her husband returned to live in Eclectic.

Mrs. Howington is survived by her two sons, Arthur and Lee; her grandchildren, Mason, Kelly, Roy, Channing and Jennifer, and her great-grandchildren, Philip Jacob, Iain Kelly, and Riley Elizabeth. She is survived also by her brothers Monroe Griffith and Leon Griffith.

Mrs. Howington was buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Eclectic on Monday, April 18, 2005, following her funeral at the Eclectic United Methodist Church.

The Reverend Michael Ramsey officiated.

Pallbearers were Mason Howington, Kelly Howington, Roy Howington, Channing Howington, Archie McDow, and Nelson Griffith.

Susie P. Thomas

Susie P. Thomas, 61, of Villa Rica, Ga., died Friday, April 15, 2005, at her home.

Services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, April 22, 2005, at Mallard Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Curry officiating. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery with Miller Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include two sons, Victor J. Thomas and Clifton D. Thomas Sr.; two daughters, Jacqueline A. (Ronald) Dean and Gwendolyn A. Grayson; four brothers, Lewis Goldsby, Tommy Goldsby, Larry Goldsby and Harvey Goldsby; one sister, Annie Goldsby; six grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Many thanks to the ACT TEAM in Jacksonville, Fla.